This southernmost California city enjoys warm, sunny weather year-round.
Established by Spaniards in 1769, San Diego is one of the most-visited cities in the USA. It’s family-friendly and full of leisure activities that make the most of the glorious weather and its spot along the California coast.
Exploring Southern California’s Coastal Waters
Southern California is known for its palm trees and beaches. There is no real “winter” here, so visitors can enjoy the lovely beaches all year ‘round. With a tour guide from an ocean sports company called Everyday California, visitors can go kayaking in La Jolla Cove in the beautiful oceanfront community of La Jolla. The floor of the cove is covered with rocks, kelp beds and canyons that attract marine life, which is why this spot is very popular among divers and snorkelers. Above the cove is the village of La Jolla and the many beautiful homes that dot the hillside.
Shopping in San Diego
Since the weather in San Diego is great most of the time, outdoor shopping is popular. Seaport Village, conveniently located near downtown and San Diego Bay, is a great place to walk along the waterfront with ships, boats and yachts among fun shops and restaurants.
Across the street is the beautiful Spanish-inspired architecture of The Headquarters at Seaport District. It’s hard to believe this was once a police station – now it’s surrounded by independent boutiques and restaurants.
For purchases of renowned brands and exclusive department stores, visit Fashion Valley Shopping Center, with more than 200 shops, boutiques, cinemas and restaurants.
Golf by the Coast
There are 93 golf courses in San Diego, and the year-round warm climate makes it a dream come true to play golf here. In La Jolla, visit Torrey Pines Golf Course, which is open to the public and has gorgeous panoramic views of the vivid green of the golf course in beautiful contrast to the Pacific Ocean. It’s one of the most popular golf courses on the PGA Tour.
Food Fresh from the Farm
In this health-conscious city, visitors won’t have a hard time finding good food. Farmers markets that offer fresh organic food and delicious sweets occur every day in different San Diego neighborhoods, including the Little Italy Mercato every Saturday.
In addition to farmers markets, visitors will find many local restaurants throughout San Diego where they can enjoy a variety of international cuisines prepared with fresh, high-quality ingredients.
San Diego Dining
Enjoy the catch of the day with the stunning and relaxing beachfront view at prestigious surf and turf restaurant The Marine Room in the exclusive area of La Jolla. Those responsible for the restaurant’s success are Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver. With his warm sense of humor, Chef Bernard pampers diners with ahi tuna covered with sesame seeds and black pepper and other amazing seafood dishes.
Also be sure to check out Altitude Sky Lounge, a rooftop bar in downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter, a neighborhood that bustles with numerous bars, nightclubs and restaurants.
Fun Attractions for the Whole Family
Located about 30 minutes outside downtown San Diego is the sister property of the San Diego Zoo: the world-acclaimed San Diego Zoo Safari Park, one of the largest in the USA and the first to re-create animals’ natural habitats where animals can roam free. The Caravan Safari takes visitors inside the Safari Park’s field habitats in open-air trucks. Guests can feed giraffes and rhinos. With the Roar & Snore Safari, visitors can spend the night in tents provided by the Safari Park and be lulled to sleep by the murmur of the animals and tranquility of the evening under the starry sky.
For families interested in theme parks, San Diego speaks for itself. Visit SeaWorld San Diego, a sea life-themed park with rides, shows and exhibitions where visitors can interact with and learn about the marine world.
And north of San Diego in Carlsbad, find LEGOLAND California Resort, a fantastic kid-friendly park with rides and an aquarium. Imagine how fun it is for kids to walk between buildings and among figures built with millions of LEGOs.
Where to Stay
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Hotel Circle/SeaWorld Area, 2201 Hotel Circle S., San Diego, is centrally located near Balboa Park, home to the San Diego Zoo, and Mission Bay. The all-suite hotel offers spacious studio, one- or two-bedroom suites, as well as a complimentary hot breakfast daily and evening social on weekdays.
Hotel Karlan San Diego – a DoubleTree by Hilton, 14455 Penasquitos Drive, San Diego, features a private balcony or patio attached to the hotel’s upgraded guest rooms and suites. The property is in the Rancho Bernardo area, near the beautiful Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. The hotel features an on-site tennis court, fitness center and resort-style outdoor pool.
Embassy Suites San Diego La Jolla, 4550 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, Calif., sits minutes away from La Jolla Village and the University of California-San Diego. The hotel features newly redesigned suits, free breakfast and an evening reception.
A story with Visit The USA: The Official USA Travel Website